Blog (Wo)Man On Campus: Ivy League Chic

Blog (Wo)Man On Campus: Ivy League Chic

In the latest installment of Blog Man on Campus, our woman in cyberspace watches her moral universe disintegrate.

Ivy League Chic wears its erudition and penetrating insight like most people wear tight leather Gucci pants and D&G stilettos: not at all, not ever. Authored by a Cornell senior, Ivy League Chic is the perfect destination for those who tire of, you know, ideas.

First, let’s get this out of the way: it’s a fashion blog. So keep in mind that any criticism herein might actually register as high praise. For instance, “Blonde Belle,” the writer and self-described “debutant” [sic], provides helpful tips on how to bring couture into the classroom. Couture, I’ve learned via Wikipedia, is that complicated handmade designer stuff that can be yours for the price of a small Carribbean island — but luckily Belle has distilled some more affordable ideas out of the Chanel show. Like this $498 black dress. Here you will also find enlightening regular criticism of Britney Spears, complete with pictures, plus well-intentioned tutting at the former’s association with Paris Hilton. She’s only got your reputation in mind, Brit.

The blog actually does fill a gap in the cyber-Ivy community, which is stuffed with earnest young scholars pontificating through the lens of what they learned in Cultural Relativism 101 that morning. Belle is earnest but no scholar — she uses a Capitol Hill invite-only reception to muse about the drab grays and browns the Senators wear. She also devotes a post to things that are like, so totally way more interesting than the State of the Union address, like the twist-off bottlecap. (Actually she’s onto something there; there is never a bottle opener around when you need one … particulary during the SOTU.) Her zeal can be cute, like her delight with an online quiz’s findings that the celebrity she dresses most like is the adorable Reese Whitherspoon. (Belle threatened to kill herself if she was found stylistically similar to Tara Reid.)

But Belle can also be cruel. Witness her paparazzi’ing of an unsuspecting Cornellian, whom she photographed from behind for the purpose of generalizing about the too-goddamn-cold-to-look-nice population of college girls. The young lady’s offense? Uggs, leggings, and a down jacket. Belle bravely discloses that she knows whereof she criticizes: She herself once wore a T-shirt and jeans to exams. It made her feel “icky.”

Insecure but smart ladies who slogged frumpily through high school, dreaming of one day living somewhere where they would be judged not by the color of their eye makeup but by the content of their character, will be disheartened by this blog. You did not leave the mean girls behind in high school. They are following you. And taking pictures.

  • ducky

    i’m a cornell grad… and this girl makes me feel “icky.”
    actually, i think “nauseous” is the more appropriate word.

  • ducky

    i’m a cornell grad… and this girl makes me feel “icky.”
    actually, i think “nauseous” is the more appropriate word.

  • aja

    couture makes so much sense in ithaca.

  • aja

    couture makes so much sense in ithaca.

  • columbia06

    wow, this girl is really a horrible writer. witness her response to ivygate’s post: “Too often constructive criticism is stymied by a mandate for diplomacy and tack in everyday conversation.” other problems with the sentence aside, i think she means “tact,” not “tack.” and as for her assertion that “Most of all I do not take myself too seriously,” taking pictures of someone on her way to class and then critiquing her wardrobe on your blog is the definition of taking yourself too seriously.

  • columbia06

    wow, this girl is really a horrible writer. witness her response to ivygate’s post: “Too often constructive criticism is stymied by a mandate for diplomacy and tack in everyday conversation.” other problems with the sentence aside, i think she means “tact,” not “tack.” and as for her assertion that “Most of all I do not take myself too seriously,” taking pictures of someone on her way to class and then critiquing her wardrobe on your blog is the definition of taking yourself too seriously.

  • Penn07

    Bravo, Ivy Gate. This is your best post in months.

    And, I would just like to point out that in addition to being a trite and shallow twat, our heroine knows little-to-nothing of fashion. Her analysis is no doubt gleaned from copious amounts of time spent watching E! in her dorm room and constant re-readings of The Devil Wears Prada, as no self-respecting fashion-enthusiast would misspell Elie Saab, confuse which season the current shows are for (!), or have such pitifully-insipid taste. It’s a good thing she splits her time between Ithaca and “The District” (LOL), because people in fashionable cities (i.e. New York) wouldn’t stand for that shit. She wouldn’t be half as bad if she was just another painfully-misguided, Neiman-Marcus-shopping, self-deluded, tasteless snob—but the fact that she has the gall to preside over the ‘underlings’ at Cornell smugly from the top of her anonymous soapbox makes me hope that the ghost of Karl Lagerfeld’s formerly-fat-self smothers her in her sleep.

  • Penn07

    Bravo, Ivy Gate. This is your best post in months.

    And, I would just like to point out that in addition to being a trite and shallow twat, our heroine knows little-to-nothing of fashion. Her analysis is no doubt gleaned from copious amounts of time spent watching E! in her dorm room and constant re-readings of The Devil Wears Prada, as no self-respecting fashion-enthusiast would misspell Elie Saab, confuse which season the current shows are for (!), or have such pitifully-insipid taste. It’s a good thing she splits her time between Ithaca and “The District” (LOL), because people in fashionable cities (i.e. New York) wouldn’t stand for that shit. She wouldn’t be half as bad if she was just another painfully-misguided, Neiman-Marcus-shopping, self-deluded, tasteless snob—but the fact that she has the gall to preside over the ‘underlings’ at Cornell smugly from the top of her anonymous soapbox makes me hope that the ghost of Karl Lagerfeld’s formerly-fat-self smothers her in her sleep.

  • Cameron

    We live in aesthetic age where it is inevitable to NOT choose between products and goods. We all put much thought into what each product we buy (or refuse to buy) connotes. Therefore, fashion is a very personal reflection of the inner self. Merely denying this fact will not change the inevitability that the world will STILL judge you by what you decide to buy, wear, and consume.
    Maybe some of you are right. That is superficial. But then again, we live in a superficial world. Other people may delude you and tell you the only important thing is your personality, not your appearance. Unfortunately, this is a lie. An important part of success in life is also the image we give of ourselves. To not pay attention to image is like writing without bothering to edit and use punctuation. In the composition our lives, our actions are the words, and our choices in aethetics are the punctuation and formatting that give it form.
    I think it’s refreshing that someone has the courage to pay attention to this important, albeit “superficial” aspect.

  • Cameron

    We live in aesthetic age where it is inevitable to NOT choose between products and goods. We all put much thought into what each product we buy (or refuse to buy) connotes. Therefore, fashion is a very personal reflection of the inner self. Merely denying this fact will not change the inevitability that the world will STILL judge you by what you decide to buy, wear, and consume.
    Maybe some of you are right. That is superficial. But then again, we live in a superficial world. Other people may delude you and tell you the only important thing is your personality, not your appearance. Unfortunately, this is a lie. An important part of success in life is also the image we give of ourselves. To not pay attention to image is like writing without bothering to edit and use punctuation. In the composition our lives, our actions are the words, and our choices in aethetics are the punctuation and formatting that give it form.
    I think it’s refreshing that someone has the courage to pay attention to this important, albeit “superficial” aspect.

  • Cornell07

    This Cornellian hangs his head in shame.

  • Cornell07

    This Cornellian hangs his head in shame.

  • I usually don’t pick out thing

    “To not pay attention to image is like writing without bothering to edit and use punctuation.” You seem to have included a few examples to illustrate your point: “We live in aesthetic age where it is inevitable to NOT choose between products and goods.”

    I’m sorry.

  • I usually don’t pick out things but…

    “To not pay attention to image is like writing without bothering to edit and use punctuation.” You seem to have included a few examples to illustrate your point: “We live in aesthetic age where it is inevitable to NOT choose between products and goods.”

    I’m sorry.

  • Brunch Bird

    So she blogs about fashion. Did I miss the memo that all blogs must be about weighty matters?

  • Brunch Bird

    So she blogs about fashion. Did I miss the memo that all blogs must be about weighty matters?

  • D

    She apparently has shown some ‘tack’ and deleted the mean-girl post. FWIW, the Cornell Sun has a fashion column that’s equally bad, although I gotta say many of the girls here have genuine style; and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was written by a Cornell grad… Lauren Weisberger ’98.

  • D

    She apparently has shown some ‘tack’ and deleted the mean-girl post. FWIW, the Cornell Sun has a fashion column that’s equally bad, although I gotta say many of the girls here have genuine style; and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was written by a Cornell grad… Lauren Weisberger ’98.

  • Smart Can Coexist with Pretty

    I second (sort of) Brunch Bird. Not every single Ivy Leaguer is obligated to spent their free time displaying in arrogant detail just how painfully brilliant they are. It’s okay to have some non-intellectual fun sometimes.
    And another thing: don’t play the “poor dorky girl” card as if that’s an excuse for mocking what’s-her-name. Just because the “smart-but-uncool” girl didn’t have a great time in high school does not mean that she has any right to turn around in college and backbite at the popular girl who, GASP, was smart enough to go to an Ivy right along with Smart-but-Ugly. Because, really, that’s what it’s all about, right? The not-cute-but-really-bright girls are angry because being smart is what THEY do; it makes up for being not so pretty. When a pretty girl infringes on their “territory,” they have to be just as horribly catty as the popular girls are and try to tear down her intelligence, just like the “mean girls” will torture the nerds for their lack of fashion sense. It’s truly disgusting. Just stop. Girls do NOT have to be one or the other: smart vs. pretty. It does not make you an intellectual lightweight to be fascinated by clothes. Get over yourselves, ugly ducklings — instead of criticizing to make yourselves feel better about your awkwardness — get your own back, and hie thee to a Barney’s — or at least the warehouse sale. Living well really is the best “revenge,” if you must have it.

  • Smart Can Coexist with Pretty

    I second (sort of) Brunch Bird. Not every single Ivy Leaguer is obligated to spent their free time displaying in arrogant detail just how painfully brilliant they are. It’s okay to have some non-intellectual fun sometimes.
    And another thing: don’t play the “poor dorky girl” card as if that’s an excuse for mocking what’s-her-name. Just because the “smart-but-uncool” girl didn’t have a great time in high school does not mean that she has any right to turn around in college and backbite at the popular girl who, GASP, was smart enough to go to an Ivy right along with Smart-but-Ugly. Because, really, that’s what it’s all about, right? The not-cute-but-really-bright girls are angry because being smart is what THEY do; it makes up for being not so pretty. When a pretty girl infringes on their “territory,” they have to be just as horribly catty as the popular girls are and try to tear down her intelligence, just like the “mean girls” will torture the nerds for their lack of fashion sense. It’s truly disgusting. Just stop. Girls do NOT have to be one or the other: smart vs. pretty. It does not make you an intellectual lightweight to be fascinated by clothes. Get over yourselves, ugly ducklings — instead of criticizing to make yourselves feel better about your awkwardness — get your own back, and hie thee to a Barney’s — or at least the warehouse sale. Living well really is the best “revenge,” if you must have it.

  • Smart Can Coexist with Pretty

    well, it’s always fun when someone makes a mistake in the middle of being self-righteous and I live to entertain — for “spent” in the second sentence, read “spend.”

  • Smart Can Coexist with Pretty

    well, it’s always fun when someone makes a mistake in the middle of being self-righteous and I live to entertain — for “spent” in the second sentence, read “spend.”

  • Practicality is the only fashi

    “‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was written by a Cornell grad… Lauren Weisberger ’98.”

    Well yeah, the point of that book was the protagonist being painfully unfashionable according to the real fashionistas. Not surprising coming from a Cornell grad. New England wilderness is not conducive to fashion. I should know, I go to Dartmouth.

  • Practicality is the only fashion I need

    “‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was written by a Cornell grad… Lauren Weisberger ’98.”

    Well yeah, the point of that book was the protagonist being painfully unfashionable according to the real fashionistas. Not surprising coming from a Cornell grad. New England wilderness is not conducive to fashion. I should know, I go to Dartmouth.

  • cornell ’07

    oh god, cornellians have the worst sense of fashion.

    Its all spandex hugging their winter fat rolls and sweatpants with CORNELL running up and down their pant legs.

  • cornell ’07

    oh god, cornellians have the worst sense of fashion.

    Its all spandex hugging their winter fat rolls and sweatpants with CORNELL running up and down their pant legs.